The 411 on New Cigarette Labels

FDA hosts webinars on new cigarette packaging, advertisement warnings today

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The U.S. Food & Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products (FDA CTP) will host two webinars today--one for retailers and one for manufacturers--on "Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages & Advertisements." The webinars will provide information on how to comply with the recently issued rule requiring new cigarette health warnings on packaging and advertising.

In June, the FDA unveiled the nine graphic health warnings required to appear on every pack of cigarettes sold in the United States and in every cigarette advertisement. The warnings [image-nocss] represent the most significant changes to cigarette labels in more than 25 years and will affect everything from packaging to advertisements and are required to be placed on all cigarette packs, cartons and ads no later than September 2012.

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These warnings, which were proposed in November 2010, were required under the Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act, which was passed in Congress and was signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2009.

(Click here for previous CSP Daily News coverage of the labels. And click here for previous coverage of the FDA and tobacco regulation.)

Today att 11:00 a.m. Eastern, the CTP's Office of Small Business Assistance will host a webinar for small tobacco manufacturers on compliance with the new rule. Click here to participate in the webinar. Or to participate by phone, dial (866) 901-3913 and enter passcode 65289 when prompted.

At 1:00 p.m. Eastern, retailers can participate in their own webinar for compliance with the rule, one in a series of CTP Compliance Training for Tobacco Retailers webinars.Click here to participate. Or to participate by phone, dial (866) 901-3913 and enter passcode 65289 when prompted.

Any participant may submit questions during the webinar by using the "Q & A box" on the screen. If listening by phone, or if you have questions after the webinar, CTP can be contacted by or by calling the FDA CTP's call center at (877) 287-1373.

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